Monday

Thoughts on tipping culture and what I tip

Are you also always talking about equality and a just world and be happy and kind and supportive et al? A good way, to appreciate other people’s services, is to leave a tip. There is nothing worse than to have deep pockets and short arms, don’t you think? In an ideal world waiters would get a secure income ....

Being out and about so often, I think it fair to give back to the people I meet along the way. To all the cab drivers who point out great restaurants and tell me about the history of a place. To the wait staff helping me to create memorable memories, and to hotel maids who present lovely made beds and leave chocolate on the pillow … We are all in this world together and all these people we meet daily make life as pretty as it is. If I have enough money to spend at a restaurant or hotel or taxi, I am pretty sure I can afford to tip accordingly.

Stylish. Handwritten note in Prague
When I see people who are to mean to leave a tip I get sad. The world might be a better place if they would stay at home and cook their own dinner. It breaks my heart really to see them behaving like a prince or princess, probably complain and leave without gratitude for the service received. Often these people say it wasn’t that good or they search for any other flaws. That is something I don’t get at all. Eating out a few times a week, I can hardly remember a time when I was treated badly at a restaurant or hotel.

Wait staff, cab drivers or maids most certainly don’t earn thousands per month, so a tip surely is a lovely contribution to their income. Thinking of it, same goes for street buskers, don’t listen or look if you cannot afford or don’t want to pay for their performance. If you like what others do for you, don't be too shy and show your love with a tip.

Thank you note


In the end we all tip what we think is appropriate for the service received. Please just don’t try to save money at the wrong end. What is your attitude when it comes to tipping? Looking forward to hear from you.
 
From Berlin with love

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Greetings stranger. I always try to be myself and to be a tourist as often as I can. I would love to get in contact with lots of hard travelling tourists who love to be out and about as much as I do. I am looking forward to all your comments. Thanks so much in advance.